We have had incredibly strong winds in the UK today and it has certainly been a “Black Thursday” for us.
There were trees down everywhere and driving to an appointment this afternoon a branch was blown off a tree and landed on the car, making a series of dents in the bonnet and front wing.
At home the TV aerial was blown off. From inside the roof and chimney seem ok but until the engineer comes tomorrow and gets up there with his ladder we won’t know for sure.
A fence panel blew over in the back garden, snapping off three stout fence posts. Also a terracotta pot blew over and managed to smash two panes of glass in the greenhouse.
We managed to save the corrugated plastic roof of the neighbour’s lean-to conservatory while she was out by climbing up a ladder and putting some bricks on top before it blew off altogether.
All in all, there was nothing life threatening but a real nuisance. The fence and greenhouse are not covered by our insurance policy. Whether or not it is worth claiming on our house insurance for the aerial remains to be seen. If we do it will be the first time in forty years of having a household policy.
As for the car, the damage is to our older car which isn’t worth a great deal but it spoils its looks and almost certainly makes it worth even less. We will take it to the local body shop to see how much it will cost to repair but I expect it won’t be worth claiming on our motor policy.
So we are probably around a thousand pounds worse off now than when we got out of bed this morning. If anyone else tells me “it could have been worse” there’s a chance I could stamp on their foot !!